Irish Open, Shocking Semi Final Results

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Semi Final Results Cannon Kirk Home Irish Open 2011:
[3] Jaclyn Hawkes (NZL) beat [1] Madeline Perry (IRE) 11/9, 118. Perry w/d injured. 21 mins.
[4] Nour El Tayeb (EGY) beat [2] Vanessa Atkinson (NED) 7/11, 11/7, 10/12, 11/1, 11/3. 45 mins.

Shock start to the first women’s semi final when Irish favourite Madeline Perry conceded the match after 2 games. The first game started fairly evenly up to 8/7 to Jaclyn, she then got two points to go to 10/9 game ball. Madeline saved two game balls but could not stop Jaclyn from taking the next point and the game 11/9. In the second game, with Madeline obviously struggling to play her usual game, Jaclyn went into a 6/1 lead, Madeline fought back to take the next three, Jaclyn then took four points in the next hand to get to game ball at 10/4. Although Madeline fought bravely to save four game balls, she could not reach to return Jaclyn’s lovely low volley and Jaclyn won that game 11/8. After the break Madeline came back on court to concede the match, suffering from a back injury. A shame for the match to end in that way, but Jaclyn now goes through to the final tomorrow.

The second women’s semi final was between No 2 seed, former World No 1 and World Champion Vanessa Atkinson against the No4 seed, the 18 year old Egyptian youngster Nour El Tayeb. Young Nour started off very well taking a 5/0 lead, only stopping that run with a tin, Vanessa accepted the opportunity to go on a scoring spree herself, going in front 6/5, from which point Nour only managed a couple more points before Vanessa closed out with four straight points to take the game 11/7. In the second Nour built up a good early lead 5/2, Vanessa eased back to 4/5, Nour then got to game ball at 10/4 and although she saved three game balls Nour finally got the one point to take the game 11/7. The third started evenly 4/4 then Vanessa got to 7/4, Nour levelled at 7/7, Vanessa got to game ball 10/8, Nour levelled at 10/10 but then Vanessa served out to take the game 12/10.

In the fourth game Nour started to show her youthful energy, not just running all over the court but diving all over it, and playing numerous shots whilst lying on the floor – absolutely amazing for one so young, with an awesome variety of shots – and with Vanessa tiring very quickly Nour took the fourth game 11/1, then carried on in the same vein in the final game, thrilling the spectators with some of her shots, winning it 11/3, with Vanessa struggling to keep playing. A great win for a young lady who surely is destined to have a brilliant career, but a last thought for Vanessa, playing what was probably her last competitive WISPA tournament after what has been a brilliant career – we all wish her well for the future.

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